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Near-Perfect Film, TERRIBLE DVD!
on 23 January 2006
First things first: I LOVE Beetlejuice, it's one of my favourite comedies (and one of my favourite films) of all time, from my favourite director of all time.
There's nothing more I can add to how brilliant the film is that hasn't been said here, so I'll focus on the DVD.
It's a double-sided disc, with the fullscreen version on one side and the widescreen on the other side. Fair enough - but why on earth would anyone want both? Why bother making an awkward, expensive, 2-sided disc when most people will only ever use one side? The transfer is pretty bad, it seems they didn't bother to find a nice print of the film, instead we get this flickery, badly-coloured version that does the film no justice at all. The DVD has ONE special feature - and it's a good one, I must say - a music-only track with Danny Elfman's excellent score. The film is short and sweet, running at 88 minutes - leaving PLENTY of room for extra features, and all we get is an alternate audio track.
Sorry, but this is not the way to treat a classic film - many (or even most) of Tim Burton's other films have been given "Special Edition" style treatment - his Batman films, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes - they all have a decent dose of extras.
I love the film, so I had to buy this DVD - but I hope the studio will understand that this is NOT the way to release Beetlejuice - and I (along with many other Burton-fans) would very much like a decent transfer and interesting extra features - let's face it, this film deserves it.